Category Archives: Martyrs

Chinese pilgrims overwhelmed

Just yesterday in Rome. Listening to what is audible, I didn’t hear any of these Chinese mainland pilgrims thanking the Bishop of Rome for AL. I heard things like the grandfather telling the little boy to kneel down and the … Continue reading

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Syria

This is Ranim El-Sheikh. I never met her and did not know her. In late October, men came to the village of Al-Sadad in Syria and murdered 45 people, many of them old, many of them very young and all … Continue reading

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St Luke

Mabuse – St Luke October 18.–ST. LUKE. My first thought, when St Luke is mentioned, is of him as a writer, leaving us the vivid pen-portraits in the gospel that bears his name and Acts. However, tradition has it that … Continue reading

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ST. IGNATIUS, Bishop, Martyr.

Painting of Ignatius of Antioch from the Menologion of Basil II (c. 1000 AD) Whenever I am asked (usually by people entertaining strange, silly ideas that Christianity and the Church are an artefact of Constantine the Great) how I can … Continue reading

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Ss Jean de Brébeuf & Isaac Jogues

From the Catholic Herald: The 32-year-old French Jesuit Jean de Brébeuf travelled to New France in North America in 1625. He worked with the Huron, an Iroquoian tribe famous for their ferocity, with whom the French settlers traded.

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Celebrations in honour of St Philomena at the Dome of Home

Yesterday the church of Ss Peter, Paul and Philomena in New Brighton celebrated the feast day of St Philomena according to the traditional calendar. Mass was offered by Canon Amaury Montjean (ICKSP) in the Extraordinary Form, and was followed by … Continue reading

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St John Plessington

St John Plessington, whose feast is today, 19th July, was beatified in 1929. He is one of two Shrewsbury saints to be canonised among the 40 martyrs of England and Wales in 1970, the other being St Margaret Ward. He is … Continue reading

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Film about St Winefride’s Well

Some of you enjoyed a film made by my son about the Dome of Home church in the Wirral. Here’s another he has made, this time about the oldest site of continuous Christian pilgrimage in Great Britain, St Winefride’s Well. … Continue reading

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Ss Thomas More and John Fisher

Today is the memorial of St Thomas More and St John Fisher. For an excellent piece about these two great English martyrs click here and scroll down. O God, who in martyrdom have brought true faith to its highest expression, … Continue reading

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The First Martyr of the Mafia

Father Giuseppe Puglisi of Sicily, who was killed by Mafia hitmen in 1993, was beatified May 25. by ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI PALERMO, Italy — No one expected the murder of Father Giuseppi “Pino” Puglisi, the Sicilian priest killed in 1993 by … Continue reading

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